By Tori Baird, Market Intelligence Associate, 3rd Party Business Development
EDF Renewables has been a trusted provider of asset optimization services throughout North America for more than 35 years. Our industry-leading team of more than 400 full-time wind and solar technicians, supervisors, managers, and support staff are responsible for more than 13 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar assets under operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts, 10.7 GW under monitoring contracts and 7.8 GW under asset management.
Our team works closely with our clients to optimize and enhance the performance of their renewable generation assets and help achieve their financial goals. As the number of utility-scale solar installations has rapidly increased in recent years, we’ve leveraged our deep expertise to offer clients a comprehensive range of solutions to meet their needs.
The hallmark of EDFR’s approach is that, as an owner-operator, we treat our clients’ assets as if they were our own. We are focused on creating lasting relationships and value, as well as maximizing the production of clean energy.
Our comprehensive organization means that we have the expertise and resources to address most issues in-house. This gives us the capability and strength to respond quickly when needed, ranging from predictive maintenance to high-voltage repairs. At the same time, our owner mindset means that we consider a range of factors, including project financials and market conditions, to determine the most cost-effective solution. This ability to thoroughly assess the financial implications of various decisions is one of the fundamental ways in which EDFR differentiates itself.
Our O&M team can add value long before a project achieves COD by offering on-site QA/QC support to help pinpoint issues that could affect the performance of the site after substantial completion. Clients also have access to the expertise of our technical specialists and SCADA team, and our experts can monitor the energization process onsite as well as remotely via our operations control center.
Our clients benefit from the knowledge and insights we’ve gained from developing, owning, and operating our own solar projects, as well as from our dedicated solar test facility in California. Once a project is operational, we can monitor its performance at multiple levels depending on the client’s needs, drawing on the expertise of our own performance reliability group as well as leveraging partnerships with performance monitoring companies to identify trends, analyze issues and find solutions. Our experience can also help clients anticipate and file claims for issues that may arise during warranty periods.
The solar market is evolving dynamically and creating significant opportunities for investors – but it also involves making long-term investments in relatively new technology. Our clients rely on EDFR’s deep experience and knowledge to help them confidently navigate a constantly changing marketplace. By approaching every detail with the mindset of an owner, we give our clients the peace of mind that comes from having a trusted partner focused on long-term value.